Technical Library

Biosecurity, Pest & Disease

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Disinfestation of Nursery Equipment and Surfaces 427.81 KB 21 downloads

Disinfestation of the various equipment and surfaces used in a production nursery...
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Sudden oak death 0.00 KB 9 downloads

This contingency plan provides background information on the pest biology and available...
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Soilborne root pathogens in production nurseries 0.00 KB 40 downloads

The purpose of this paper is to provide information on destructive soilborne fungal...
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Managing silverleaf whitefly in production nurseries 0.00 KB 12 downloads

Background and general biology In general, adult whiteflies are small (about 1 mm...
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Designing an Efficient Pumping System 0.00 KB 10 downloads

When considering options for improving pump efficiency, the option of designing a...
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Cylindrocladium diseases of nursery plants 0.00 KB 10 downloads

Various species of the fungus Cylindrocladium cause a wide range of destructive diseases...
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Water Weed Management 0.00 KB 10 downloads

Aquatic plants perform a number of beneficial functions in aquatic systems. They...
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Nursery Production Pest Monitoring, Inspection and Surveillance Methodology 0.00 KB 27 downloads

In 2013 NGIA commissioned a project to investigate statistically valid systems and...
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Nematodes in nurseries 0.00 KB 9 downloads

Nematodes are a diverse group of microscopic, non-segmented round worms that are...
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Myrtle Rust (Uredo rangelii) Management Plan 0.00 KB 24 downloads

Myrtle rust (Uredo rangelii) has the potential to infect all myrtaceous plants in...

Production & Management

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Energy Savers Program An overview of energy use and cost savings in nurseries 1.55 MB 8 downloads

This article discusses the results of energy audits conducted by NGIQ for the QFF...
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Energy Savers Webinar 0.00 KB 9 downloads

This webinar is part of the QFF Energy Savers Plus Program Extension (ESPPE) funded...
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Growing Bed Design and Installation 451.55 KB 16 downloads

Constructing production growing beds to the standard recognised and encouraged under...
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Disinfestation of Nursery Equipment and Surfaces 427.81 KB 21 downloads

Disinfestation of the various equipment and surfaces used in a production nursery...
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Understanding and Managing Power Factor 525.09 KB 9 downloads

Power factor is the way electricity providers measure how efficiently electricity...
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BMP Growing Benches 0.00 KB 39 downloads

Constructing growing benches to the standard recognised and encouraged under the...
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BMP Growing Beds 0.00 KB 30 downloads

Constructing growing beds to the standard recognised and encouraged under the nursery...
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Production Potting 0.00 KB 49 downloads

The potting operation is a major component of most production nursery operations....
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Work Flow Efficiency 0.00 KB 28 downloads

To achieve maximum efficiency within a potting operation, and to minimise production...
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Weed Management 0.00 KB 34 downloads

Weeds or pest plants can have serious economic, environmental, and social impacts....

Water & Irrigation

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Waterwork Irrigation Scheduling Webinar 0.00 KB 10 downloads

In this webinar you’ll learn about: plant water use, the link between nutrient...
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Introduction to Bottom Watering Irrigation Systems 729.99 KB 5 downloads

Bottom watering systems work on the principle that water will move upward through...
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iPLANT Plant Water Use Database 1.03 MB 38 downloads

This tool allows the user to develop a list of plants and their relative water use...
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Installing Irrigation Control Systems 488.03 KB 16 downloads

Once an appropriate irrigation controller has been selected, the controller and system...
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Managing Drought in Plant Nurseries Workshop 0.00 KB 13 downloads

The best time to prepare for a drought is before the event. In this workshop presentation...
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Water Management in Production Nurseries 1.54 MB 27 downloads

Water availability has not been a major concern to the nursery industry until recently....
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Selecting Filtration Systems 933.39 KB 9 downloads

Choosing appropriate filtration equipment for an irrigation system can be a complex...
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Irrigation Scheduling in Production Nurseries 626.02 KB 20 downloads

The management of irrigation in production nurseries has a direct impact on plant...
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Filtration System Design 625.15 KB 6 downloads

Filtration is a critical component of an efficient nursery irrigation system. The...
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Energy Efficiency in Nursery Pumping 0.00 KB 11 downloads

This webinar gives an insight into pump efficiency and setting up efficient pumping...

Growing Media

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Calibrating Meters 0.00 KB 72 downloads

pH and Electrical Conductivity meters are extremely useful pieces of equipment used...
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Coir Video 0.00 KB 68 downloads

Coir, coir fibre pith or coconut fibre is a one hundred percent natural, sustainable...
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Growing Media Air Filled Porosity Testing 0.00 KB 311 downloads

Plant roots require air as well as water to remain healthy. The amount of air held...
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Growing Media Water Holding Capacity Testing 0.00 KB 160 downloads

Knowing the amount of water held within a growing media, referred to as Water Holding...
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Growing Media pH and EC Testing 0.00 KB 192 downloads

Knowing the pH and Electrical Conductivity or EC of your growing media can help you...
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Growing Media Wettability Testing 0.00 KB 74 downloads

The ability of a growing media to take up water effectively once it has dried out...
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Growing Media Water Holding Capacity & Wettability Testing 0.00 KB 142 downloads

The Water Holding Capacity (WHC) of a growing media measures the amount of water...
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Water Retention Efficiency of Growing Media 0.00 KB 67 downloads

Water retention efficiency (WRE) is a measure of the ability of a growing media to...
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Growing Media Physical Properties: 0.00 KB 203 downloads

Air filled porosity (AFP), water holding capacity (WHC), bulk density, shrinkage,...
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Growing Media pH and EC Testing: Method (for soil-less growing media) 0.00 KB 90 downloads

The pH measures the hydrogen ions in the growing media, while EC (electrical conductivity)...

Case Studies

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Irrigation Upgrade 0.00 KB 12 downloads

Carbrook Nursery is situated on 4.4 hectares of land at Fischer Road at...
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Irrigation Scheduling 0.00 KB 11 downloads

Birdwood Nursery is located in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast at Woombye...
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Irrigation System Upgrade 0.00 KB 9 downloads

Logans Nursery is an established tree and shrub nursery located on Brisbane’s...
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Ground Water Storage 0.00 KB 7 downloads

Tingalpa Wholesale Nursery is situated on 25 acres at Sunnydene Road Capalaba...
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Bottom up Irrigation 0.00 KB 10 downloads

In 1976 Don and Daphne established Heatons Wholesale Fern Nursery at Nambour on Queensland’s...

Fact Sheets

    Videos Podcasts & Webinars

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    IDEMP

    Improving water use efficiency in a production nursery begins with having a clear understanding of the infrastructure and practices currently in place. Irrigation, Drainage and Energy Management Plans, or IDEMP's, describe the infrastructure and management practices in operation at a business, and outlines opportunities, suggestions and designs for on-farm improvements, to ensure the business remains profitable and sustainable into the future.

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    Production Potting

    The potting operation is a major component of most production nursery operations. Increasing the overall efficiency of the potting process, can free up resources for use in other parts of the business, and improve plant quality. The following video describes the different potting methods used in the nursery industry.

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    Work Flow Efficiency

    To achieve maximum efficiency within a potting operation, and to minimise production bottlenecks, the ‘work-flow’ process from potting to plant placement must be efficient. The following video highlights the areas that could be considered when making improvements to the overall productivity of the plant setting out operation.

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    Weed Management

    Weeds or pest plants can have serious economic, environmental, and social impacts. Weeds reduce crop growth, compete for nutrients water and light, harbour insect pests and pathogens, damage the aesthetics of the plant, reduce the ability to apply crop amendments, and can be one of the most significant input costs to production.

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    Growing Media Air Filled Porosity Testing

    Plant roots require air as well as water to remain healthy. The amount of air held within a growing media is referred to as Air filled porosity or AFP . Testing procedures for AFP aren't difficult and can be done at minimal cost with simple equipment built from readily available materials and a little bit of time. This video shows a process for carrying out a practical on-site air filled porosity test on growing media.

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    Growing Media Water Holding Capacity Testing

    Knowing the amount of water held within a growing media, referred to as Water Holding Capacity (WHC) of your growing media can help you manage irrigation scheduling more effectively and ensure plants have adequate moisture. 

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    Growing Media pH and EC Testing

    Knowing the pH and Electrical Conductivity or EC of your growing media can help you to grow better and more consistent crops. Testing procedures aren't difficult and can be done at minimal cost. This video shows a process for carrying out a practical on-site pH and electrical conductivity

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    Growing Media Wettability Testing

    The ability of a growing media to take up water effectively once it has dried out is critical to the growth of plants and the ability of the media to become wet again. This is known as wettability. Testing for wettability isn't difficult and can be done at minimal cost with some basic equipment

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    Best Management Practice Irrigation Layouts

    An efficient irrigation system is designed to deliver the appropriate volume of water evenly, to meet all plant needs and in the time available.The irrigation system should apply water evenly across the cropping area, apply the correct volume of water often enough to meet plant demands and apply

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    Conducting a Catch Can Assessment

    An efficient irrigation system operating to industry best practice provides an opportunity to obtain real operational and economic benefits.